How to See Celebrities and Famous People in New York


New York City is home to many famous stars and the prime location for various media outlets, award shows and movie premieres. Tourists visit the city just to catch a glimpse of their favorite star. However, with New York being one of the most populated cities in the world, celebrity hunters must prepare ahead of time and follow certain suggestions, if they wish to accomplish their mission.

Things You'll Need

  • Camera
  • Pen/Marker for autographs
  • Submit a free ticket request to "The Late Show" with David Letterman. "The Late Show" is best known for interviewing famous people and you can be part of the audience. Simply request a ticket online at the CBS website or in person at the the Ed Sullivan Theater. Make sure you call ahead of time for specified times.

    You will be contacted after the request has been submitted and asked a random trivia question about the show. If answered correctly, you will be given two free tickets to the show.

    You must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

  • Obtain dinner reservations at Graydon Carter's restaurant in the Waverly Inn. This restaurant is known for its expensive menu and private atmosphere, making it a prime eating location for many celebrities. Famous guests have included Gwyneth Paltrow, Beyonce, Jay-Z and Chris Martin.

  • Visit the Trump International Hotel, located across the street from Central Park. The luxurious hotel is often preferred by many celebrities due to its proximity to numerous television stations and movie premiere locations. Celebrity sightings have included Tiger Woods, Chris Rock, Kevin Jonas and Casey Affleck.

  • Plan a trip to Barney's Department Store, a prime shopping location for many celebrities. This Madison Avenue store houses various designer clothing and accessories. Its shoe department, in particular, is known to attract stars such as Katie Holmes, Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Beckham.

  • Wear your best club attire and go to the Simyone Lounge. The club is located on West 14th Street and allows entry only to selected few. Those hoping to enter must reserve a table ahead of time, be on the VIP list or be approved by the bouncer. Crowds will wait in line at the entrance door's velvet ropes, hoping to enter. Fashionable attire is highly suggested. Famous Simyone Lounge patrons include Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Elle McPherson, Quincy Jones and John Legend.

  • Check your favorite celebrity's Twitter page for any events they might be having in New York. Some celebrities invite their fans to meet them at book-signings, autograph sessions or charity fundraisers.

  • Read though entertainment guides or newspapers that list celebrity events open to the public. You can find these at any supermarket or subway locations.

  • Print out a star map from the "New York Magazine" website. The map will show you where you are likely to find famous celebrities around New York, including their domiciles.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure you arrive hours ahead of time to a celebrity event.
  • Take a camera with a zoom feature.
  • Dress for the occasion. Celebrities will often visit fancy places and you must look the part if you plan on getting close.

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